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session 2021




Musik-Academie - Basel

Krisztina Wajsza, a pianist of Hungarian origin, was born in Cluj, Romania. She began her piano studies at the age of 6 with Walter Metzger.

In 1980, his family emigrated to Switzerland. Krisztina Wajsza received a teaching and soloist diploma at the Bern Conservatory and continued her studies in Stuttgart with Prof. Harald Wagner. Between 1989 and 1993, she perfected herself at the Juilliard then at the University of Indiana with respectively Joseph Kalichstein then Prof. Gyorgy Sebok. In Bloomington, she also studied chamber music under Jànos Starker. In 1990, she won the Mozart competition in New York. She then made her debut at the Alilce Tully Hall with the Juilliard Symphony Orchestra.

This is the starting point of a rich and dense concert career. She plays with renowned orchestras and maestros such as the Zurich Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Edmond de Stoutz, Rudolf Baumgartner at the Lucerne String Festival, the Vienna Chamber Music Orchestra at the Konzerthaus in the capital then at the Brucknerhaus in Linz, the Swiss Symphony and Chamber Orchestras in Bern, the Städtisches Orchester Trier, the Camerata Academica in Bayreuth, the Philharmonic Gelsenkirchen, the Aarau Chamber Orchestra, the Transylvania Symphony…

Her solo piano recitals and chamber music concerts have taken her to Germany, Italy, France, England, Ireland, the Netherlands, Austria, Hungary, Romania, the United States, in Chile, Mozambique and Switzerland. His chamber music partners include Hansheinz Schneeberger, Orfeo Mandozzi, bandoneonist Victor Villena, Grammy Award winner Fernando Otero, New York Philharmonic concertmaster Frank Huang, Eileen Moon, Susanne Mathé, Ada Meinich and Boris Kuschnir.

Fernando Otero composed a Homage to Debussy for the International Piano Festival of St Ursanne in 2012, which she created on this occasion.   In 2017, she chose the same festival to perform Images of Childhood by Demetre Gamsachurdia for the first time.

In January 2017, she played in the Ensembles Series of the New York Philharmonic at Merkin Hall in New York. She represented her instrument in the quartet formed with first violinist Frank Huang, cellist Eileen Moon and violist Robert Rinehart. At the end of the same month, she gave a piano recital and a master class at the University of Tulsa. She also performed with violinist Boris Kuschnir and cellist Orfeo Mandozzi during the 2017-18 season.


In August 2018, she performed at the Festivale Musicale di Ticino. The following season, she collaborated with clarietist Dimitri Ashkenazy, solo horn player Phil Myers and associate cello Eileen Moon of the New York Philharmonic.

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